Soon the police includes Detective Reynolds and a social worker, Katherine arrives on the scene and found Mikey hiding in the closet, thinking that a man came in and killed his parents. Give me a break! 8 minutes into the film and I was ready to punch a hole on the screen! But I didn't! So I continue with more when Mikey was at the Doctor's office, lying to the doctor about man in the house. Grace's sister, Casey didn't want to adopt him (can you blame her after what happened to her sister!) so he wounds up moving with another adoptive parents named Rachel and Neil Trenton. Things were going out well with Mikey's new family, he has a friend named Ben, goes to a new school with a teacher, Shawn and Neil teaches him with archery, who's very natural with a bow and arrow, he even draws a picture of a swimming pool as a symbolic of being good. Mikey was a good kid for a while until the "marble" incident at school where he wants to win a prize and couldn't! That's where things starting to get even ugly when he drew a picture of a turkey chopping of a pilgrim's head with an axe, as Shawn announced to Jenkins that he has "Unattached Syndrome", a psychotic problem which makes the child more evil than ever. So now, Mikey has taken the matter of his own hands as he goes on a series of killing activities. He kills Ben's older sister, Jessie's cat, Rosie after videotaping her with her boyfriend David, being upset with jealously because he loves Jessie so much and thinking it was David's fault for accidentally ran over her cat by his truck, dumping an electric Radio on the jacuzzi and electrocuted David. A few days later, Shawn talks to Detective Reynolds on the phone about Mikey's case and sees the police reports on Mikey's murdered adoptive parents since the Oklahoma City Police have unsolved evidence and closed the case. Later, he faxed over a copy at school that morning, Jenkins got a call and is told by Neil that Mikey and Ben won't be at school today due to the "accident" at Ben's house. Oh, and here's more as the many scenes followed, he kills Rachel by pushing her at the balcony, shoots an arrow at Jenkins and oh my god, he even slingshots a marble slowing up on Shawn's face, shooting up blood anywhere and drags their bodies into the dining room with a child skeleton and turns on the oven and once Neil comes home with a Surprise, he saw them on the dinner table, he screams and Mikey throws a flaming bottle in the house and explodes leaving Neil dead with them. As the police and fire department arrives, a local fireman questions Ben, Jessie and their mother about what happened in there and mentions about a 10 year-old kid there. They wondered if Mikey was dead.
So a couple of a days later, we found out that Mikey is suffering from amnesia and was named "Josh" and ends with another foster parents in a typical here-we-go-again cliche, saying "Are you gonna be my new mommy and daddy?"
This is without a doubt the worst child killer movie I've ever seen and I saw "The Good Son", which is way worse and even many followers like "Orphan". No wonder it was banned in the UK, no one wants to see a child killing somebody. The film was shot like a bad TV Movie of the Week and it shows, filled with cookie cutter dialogue, bad acting, ridiculous and pointless scenes, poorly edited, and a wasted talent of Brian Bonsall, who was so good in "Family Ties", did enjoying him later in "Blank Check" (I know not many people like this film, but it was certainly better than this!). He was a great child actor that sadly deserves so much better than this dreaded material! BTW, I met him once in 1991 with my brother Jason in L.A. during the "Dance Outreach" program supported from my elementary school. He sure was cute as a button back then though. Now as an adult, he fallen through hard times. I wonder how he really felt after making this movie, I'm sure I wouldn't know. The film was directed by Dennis Dimster, an actor and director who did TV appearances and later directed "Wicked, Wicked Games" and "Double Identity" (2009) with Val Kilmer. This must have been his earlier project that simply have gone to waste! It was a direct-to-video release in the U.S. on September 23, 1992 and saw it at very young age. And, to this day, it's still horrible! Don't waste 90 minutes of your time, watch something better!
As it stands, the production is totally amateur hour stuff and hopelessly mired in early 90's kitsch. Performances are all over-the-map, but there are patches where things really work - the drippy adoptive father, Bissett as the good-natured "bad-girl" next door. Even Bonsall is oddly endearing at times. But the script feels the need to fall back onto rote thriller tropes and turns the tyke into a quip-happy kill machine and the adults, who have been blissfully ignorant of Mikey's behavior, lose all brain function in the last 10 minutes in order to execute the last reel blood bath. Pity that.
Still for what it is, it kinda works.
The movie is basically a slasher flick with the slasher this time being a toddler. If you can get over the lack of credibility this plot can have (can a 9 year old boy really kill this many people without getting caught and beaten up by the much stronger adults?) you may find yourself liking it. This was one of the reasons I hated this movie before as it just seemed so hard to swallow. The movie has a vicious mean streak though and a high body count. The first victim is quite nasty, as we have a 4 year old girl killed by getting drowned in a swimming pool. These kinds of deaths aren't gonna be approved by high brow touchy sucks, but its a slasher flick and on that note the movie displays its huge set of balls. The kills in here are all mean and one keeper kill involves a huge ball bearing get slingshoted into someones eye, OUCH, that kill rocked!!
The cast are all actually quite competent and it helps that the characters are all given layers that make the violence all more shocking (minus the dumb loser boyfriend).The parents who adopt Mikey were actually quite likable and just wanted to provide the kid with as much love as they can, nothing wrong with that. I also loved the mundane but oh so crisp looking visuals the director slapped our way. The music score is also a plus, and the pace is super fast. The settings in suburbia really worked for this movie. Violent murders happening in upper class homes is quite the awesome clashing there. The actor to portray Mikey also held the movie on his shoulders and actually came off sinister. This boy is messed up!! Must have quite the negative issues.
Which leads me to my complaints. Orphan eventually pealed away the layers as to why our Esther was so messed, but in this movie we are given practically nothing as to why Mikey is so crazy. Kind of hurts the movie and all we are given is a brief line that Mikey's parents "may" have been abusive. Come on, something more brutal must have happened to this kid, I mean he enjoys snapping cats necks, watching all his previous kills on home video (referring them to Mikeys funniest home videos), enjoys mutilating his forearms with wall tacs, as well as smashing his mothers hand with a hammer while displaying no sign of ANY emotion, come on, give me a bone or something, anything as to what makes this psycho tick.
As well as the subplot of his nosy teacher trying to find out whats wrong with him just for the fact that he drew a thanksgiving picture of a turkey killing a hunter. She also got on my nerves for being one of those fake bitches who act nice but really aren't. Luckily Mikey took her out.
Also a very minor complaint I have is the kid neighbor who befriends Mikey. The kid looked ugly, dressed for shit and just REEKED of nerdiness, I was hoping that since Mikey had no problem killing a 4 year old girl he would be able to dispatch this tool as well. Oh well.
So this movie goes for gold but gets the silver (orphan got the gold) and remember "Jason and Freddy were kids once too".